We Too Are Stardust

Submitted by Chris Webster on Sun, 2006/08/13 - 07:45
Jostein Gaarder, 'Sophie's World'

You and I also began with the Big Bang, because all substance in the universe is an organic unity. Once in a primeval age all matter was gathered in a clump so enormously massive that a pinhead weighed many billions of tons. This 'primeval atom' exploded because of the enormous gravitation. It was as if something disintegrated. When we look up at the sky, we are trying to find the way back to ourselves.

All the stars and galaxies in the universe are made of the same substance. Parts of it have lumped themselves together, some here, some there. There can be billions of light years between one galaxy and the next. But they all have the same origin. All stars and all planets belong to the same family ... we too are stardust.


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